October 10, 2012

Women’s Soccer Plays Lakers to 2-2 Draw in Double Overtime

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team edged out to an early 1-0 lead Wednesday night but the Lakers of Clayton State University did not give the Saints much room to work with and the two squads ended Wednesday's Peach Belt Conference game in a 2-2 draw tie following two overtime periods.

The draw is the first of the season for the Saints who are now 10-2-1 overall with a 3-2-1 record in PBC play while the Lakers move to 7-4-2 and 3-2-2 in the league.

Sophomore midfielder Cicely Taliaferro netted her sixth goal of the season in the third minute after Abby Trevino fed her the ball near the top of the box to put the Saints up 1-0.

The Saints, known for applying serious pressure to opposing defenses did not disappoint Wednesday as they took shot after shot at the Lakers' goal, but it was Clayton State finding the net most often in the first period.

Alicia Robinson knotted the score at 1-1 in the 27th minute with a free kick over a wall of Saints before Natalia Valentine put the Lakers ahead in the 41st minute.

Clayton State enjoyed a 2-1 lead from there, but North Georgia kept making attempts and it finally paid off in the 64th minute as Kayla Croom put the ball into the net after Kelsey Martin's shot was deflected.

Neither team could find the go-ahead score through regulation and the nets remained empty through two golden-goal over time periods.

North Georgia out-shot Clayton State 35-15 with Laoise O'Driscoll being forced to make 14 saves to Mallory Sayre's three. The Saints also held a 19-1 advantage in corner kicks and the two squads were flagged with 15 fouls – nine on North Georgia and six on Clayton State.

North Georgia's next contest will be Saturday, Oct. 13 on the road. The Saints will travel to Pembroke, N.C. to challenge the Braves of the University of North Carolina Pembroke as part of a PBC soccer doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.